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What is required for a valid marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic?

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What is required for a valid marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic?


According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, under the law in force in the Latin Church, a mixed marriage (baptized Catholic and a baptized non-Catholic) needs the express permission of ecclesiastical authority for it to be licit. In case of disparity of cult (baptized Catholic and a non-baptized person) the marriage will be not only illicit but invalid unless a dispensation from this impediment is obtained. This permission or dispensation presupposes that both parties know and do not exclude the essential ends and properties of marriage and the obligations assumed by the Catholic party to do what is in his power to see to the baptism and education of the children in the Catholic Church (CCC 1633–1637).


  1. Nancy Reply

    What about a marriage between a baptised catholic woman and a baptised but a divorced non catholic man?

  2. I Sein John Reply

    My girlfriend is catholic,I’m Baptist.How can I do ?

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  4. Edward Reply

    In a nutshell Catholics like Mormons like Muslims wants the non-believer (apostate) (or whatever) to give homage to the Core Dogma ( church and raise their children in their perspective dogma. Remember to search your heart and the Lord before considering making an empty promise. My wife is Catholic and I am Messianic-Jew she was hell bent keeping her soul out of hell. Their is scripture and their is ecclesiastical authority (dogma), when the two do not agree the ecclesiastical authority trumps God’s written word. Too many marriages fail when strong believers from different faiths marry, because neither one will compromise, The bible declares- (Amos 3:3) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?(numquid ambulabunt duo pariter nisi convenerit eis). Ultimately both subjects must be walking in the same way encouraging one another in word and deed maintaining fellowship with the Church, after all children are raised within the home and at the same time within the Church. When either of these establishments separate there is great confusion and chaos as well as the words of Jesus will seem in vain- Edward

  5. rosy Reply

    If u r married n staying with other person n want to continue stay with that person without marriage n gets pregent can we baptised our child ?

  6. Diana Hernandez Reply

    My husband and I been married for 27 years ,through the civil court. It’s been his first marriage . ..but I have been married before through civil court for almost a year…now both of my marriages were civil . ..Not through Catholic Chruch . ..My question is if my husband and I can have the Eucharist. Or do we both have to get married through Church …

    1. Eric coger Reply

      The Church recognizes your civil marriage as valid even without the Sacrament. You cannot take the Eucharist until you get your previous marriage annulled through the Church. If your previous marriage was “invalid” it should be a pretty simple process, but you are living in a state of adultery according to the church until you get that previous one annulled.

  7. Lilly Reply

    I’m a Catholic and my husband is a Jew. (baptized Catholic and non-baptized Jew) We obtained a Petrine Privilege prior to marriage in order to have a valid Catholic marriage. (Priest did the service)
    I was never married prior to the marriage BUT my husband was previously married. The priest that married us told us that all we needed was this Petrine Privilege. Is that correct? Now I’m hearing that the Petrine Privilege was only for marrying a Non-Baptized person but because he was previously married this negative was never satisfied. Is that True? Please advise…

  8. Maureen Reply

    A catholic lady, in a relationship with a non catholic man soon going to be a divorced. how will she go about the marital rites when about getting married to this man?

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